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The price of prevarication grows by the week as Yorkshire pleads to be masters of its own destiny

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14.01.2018

Last month, I asked a Yorkshire council leader for their view on whether a solution could be found to the long-running devolution saga in the region. He didn't sound very optimistic.

The Yorkshire Post says: Why we still believe in full devolution - but we need to make it happen together
At that stage, the Government seemed entrenched in its position that any transfer of powers and funding from Whitehall to Yorkshire was a no-go if it risked undercutting the more limited deal signed in South Yorkshire in 2015.

An election for a Sheffield City Region mayor was to go ahead in May, but with the victor getting few of the spoils promised two years earlier by George Osborne due to Barnsley and Doncaster pulling out of the agreement made with neighbouring Sheffield and Rotherham.

It was an altogether frustrating situation for those who want the region's leaders to finally be given a chance to control their own destiny, less dependent on the whims of central government and with the ability to achieve much-needed economic growth.

Since then, things have moved on significantly, with both sides moving closer together to reach a compromise that would allow our........

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